Megyn Kelly Today, Today: In Which Barbara Bush Reveals Laura Bush Loves Reggae, Is 'Rastafarian'

Image via screengrab/NBC.
Image via screengrab/NBC.

Welcome to Megyn Kelly Today, Today, a new daily column in which we will share the most memorable things that happened on Megyn Kelly Today every morning until we are no longer able to watch Megyn Kelly Today without feeling like there will be no tomorrow.

  • Megyn Kelly walked onstage.
  • Megyn Kelly discussed the fallout from yesterday’s episode about Fox News and Bill O’Reilly.
  • Megyn Kelly welcomed Kate Snow and Cynthia McFadden to discuss the situation further.
  • Cynthia McFadden said, “It’s happened to me. It’s happened to us. It’s happened to you.”
  • Megyn Kelly said that on a scale of 0-100, where 100 means “this doesn’t happen any longer, or when it does we’re at zero tolerance” for women being mistreated in the workplace, we’re at “17 on the scale” because we have “so far to go.”
  • Megyn Kelly explained that “women are afraid.”
  • Cynthia McFadden and Kate Snow said women are closer to “the middle.” (Meaning roughly 50, as opposed to Megyn Kelly’s opinion that women are at 17.)
  • Cynthia McFadden began a story about when she was 15, she rejected her doctors “overtures,” and was then stalked by him. She didn’t provide too many details, and was visibly upset while giving just those
  • Cynthia McFadden told a story about getting paid half of what her male coworker made, confronting her boss about it, and being told her salary would not be adjusted because she didn’t have a wife and kids to support.
  • Kate Snow told a story about being on camera and hearing someone saying “will someone slap her cheeks” to give her some color.
  • Megyn Kelly discussed how Roger Ailes went from harasser to mentor.
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Both things can be true.”
  • Megyn Kelly thanked Cynthia and Kat for coming by.
  • Megyn Kelly teased Melissa Rivers’s appearance and cut to commercial.
  • Megyn Kelly said, “I am so excited for this guest.”
  • Melissa Rivera walked onstage to—you guessed it—promote a book. It’s called Joan Rivers Confidential.
  • Melissa Rivers said, “What a fancy set! All these screens! I didn’t know the network had so much money!”
  • Melissa Rivers revealed that Joan Rivers had over 80,000 jokes on file. (Which you’d remember if you saw A Piece of Work.)
  • Megyn Kelly said Joan Rivers had 564 jokes under the heading “My Parents Hated Me.”
  • Melissa Rivers told a story about yelling at Joan for not having boundaries. Then the next day she walked into her kitchen and found Joan there eating and feeding the dog. She said, “I’ve been thinking...I acknowledge that you have boundaries. I just choose not to respect them.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Bitch Stole My Look!”
  • (She was naming segments from Fashion Police.)
  • Melissa Rivers said, “Our final episode is gonna be awesome.”
  • Megyn Kelly said Melissa and Joan were “givers.”
  • Melissa Rivers called the book “a photo history...a pop culture history.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Coming up, former first daughters Jenna and Barbara Bush...”
  • Megyn Kelly rolled tape of George and Laura Bush talking about how much they love their children.
  • Laura Bush said something about a Cesarean section.
  • George Bush said, “That’s a lot of information for sharing at the Today show!”
  • Bobby Finger wondered whether or not anyone actually cares about the Bush daughters—no offense to them.
  • George Bush said, “Listen, I never tried to put my aspirations on them.”
  • George Bush called Barbara and Laura Bush “great contributors.”
  • George Bush said, “we’re very proud of our girls.”
  • Bobby Finger said, “I am still very weirded out by George Bush 2.0 and reject any move made to make this family seem charming.”
  • Megyn Kelly welcomed Barbara and Laura to the stage.
  • The audience went wild for some reason.
  • Megyn Kelly cut to commercial.
  • Bobby Finger noted the difference between Barbara and Jenna’s postures.
  • Jenna Bush Hager said their father “lifted women up.”
  • Jenna and Laura revealed they live four blocks from each other.
  • Jenna Bush said, “He—both of our parents—always made us feel like their number 1 priority.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “I have got to ask you about Laura Bush being a closet hippie. Rastafarian even!”
  • Barbara Bush said, “Our mom loves reggae.”
  • Barbara Bush said she used to joke that her mom would leave George for Van Morrison.
  • Jenna Bush said George H.W. Bush babysat all the time—even before his debates—“which makes you wonder where our parents were.”
  • The audience applauded.
  • Barbara Bush revealed that she thought “you just got an inauguration if you were a grandfather.”
  • They revealed that George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush “sleep holding hands.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “The book is beautiful. Good luck with it, you guys.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Coming up next, we’re launching a special series on Secrets: Telling My Truth.”
  • Megyn Kelly said it was a “week-long series.”
  • Bobby Finger said, “Well, 4/5 of a week-long series, since it didn’t air one yesterday.”
  • Megyn Kelly rolled tape of a woman named Maggie Kneip who found out her husband, a journalist named John Kneip, had been hiding an AIDS diagnosis. He died 9 months after she found out, in the early 90s.
  • Maggie Kneip kept it a secret. Her book about how hard it was to keep that secret is called Now Everyone Will Know.
  • Maggie Kneip said her late husband lied about how get got it at first.
  • He finally revealed that he had slept with men in the past.
  • Maggie Kneip worried that she and her children had it, but eventually learned they did not.
  • Maggie Kneip said keeping the secret was “crippling.”
  • Maggie Kneip explained her paranoia, revealing that she didn’t want to be seen reading stories about AIDS in the Times. Adding, “Will & Grace was on at the time. I didn’t watch it.”
  • Maggie Kneip said it took her a long time to feel comfortable talking about it.
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Thank you for sharing your story with us.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Up next, Darius Rucker!”
  • Megyn Kelly welcomed Darius Rucker to the stage.
  • Megyn Kelly said she loved his album title, When Was the First Time.
  • Megyn Kelly said Darius Rucker wrote a song about “beautiful women who don’t see their own beauty.”
  • Darius Rucker said, “I was raised by a strong woman. My wife is a strong woman. I have two daughters and everything. A lot of the time, women are busy living their lives and raising a family, they don’t see themselves as beautiful. That song is about that. It’s about celebrating the beauty and the greatness of women.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “He’s talking about when you wake up in the morning without the makeup, that that you is as beautiful as the nighttime you.”
  • Darius Rucker said, “Absolutely.”
  • Megyn Kelly said, “Spoken like a man who has never been in my bedroom. Just saying.”
  • Darius Rucker laughed a lot and said, “That’s funny.”
  • Megyn Kelly cut to commercial.
  • NBC aired a commercial promoting the new “Orlando Eye” ferris wheel? It’s enormous.
  • Bobby Finger said, “Who wants a bird’s eye view of Orlando?!?!?!”
  • Megyn Kelly returned and said hello to Kathie Lee and Hoda.
  • Kathie Lee said, “No lunch with me today?”
  • Megyn Kelly, caught off guard, mumbled something like, “Who told you that! We’re together. Thank you!”
  • Megyn Kelly Today ended.

Clip of the Day: Laura Bush, “Rastafarian”



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